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May 08, 2021 1 min read
Shop to Support! “Williams syndrome is a spontaneous genetic disorder affecting 1 in 10,000 births. It is characterized as a deletion of 26-28 genes on chromosome 7.
Williams syndrome happens BEFORE the sperm and egg even meet! Think of a copy machine, where the stack of “papers” gets an extra sheet while the other stack is missing a sheet. The stack missing a sheet is the one that goes on to create a baby with WS. It is a 50/50 chance that it came from the sperm or the egg, and almost a 100% chance it’s not something passed down from a parent. In order to pass down WS, you have to have WS yourself!
When the copy machine misses a sheet AND the egg or sperm gets chosen to make a baby, you get the absolute perfect and beautiful Harley. 💛
WS affects the entire body. One missing gene called “elastin” means people with WS make less protein called elastin, which is a stretchy material in their blood vessels and organs. As a result, they can end up having lots of medical problems such as congenital heart defects, constipation, acid reflux, strabismus, and neurological issues such as low tone or seizures. Other missing genes can lead to learning disabilities, anxiety, or ADD.”
Thank you Williams Syndrome Moms @jottenheimer, @sunshineandrainndrops and @jessiesilvestri for sharing this easy to understand explanation of WS.
Shop this Rare But Real 🌵design on @outshinelabels today in Ava’s Collection! Thank you to the beautiful @sunshineandrainndrops and her daughter Harley for the gorgeous picture! 🌵❤️ #williamssyndrome #wsawareness #rarebeauty #rarebutreal
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